Employment relations and people management research

There is a lack of research on individual employers and their associations, their attitudes and behaviours and how these impact on employment relations issues and trends.

Massey researchers are investigating how New Zealand can achieve a high-skill, high-wage economy. We are working to develop more meaningful cost-effective human resources (HR) measurement that has strategic significance and adds value to organisational goal delivery and achievement.

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Diversity and career management for women

We have research interests and expertise in career management for women and diversity management within a business context.


Employment relations

Expertise in collective bargaining, including employer attitudes, and wider employee participation.


Knowledge sharing and human resources

Research expertise in how human resources’ practices offer maximum leverage of the human capital pool through knowledge sharing. We are also investigating models of human capital and knowledge management that can be developed and tested empirically with respect to knowledge sharing


Low pay and the living wage

Low pay can be a problem for business as well as workers, reflecting poor productivity and impacting on performance. Our researchers have many years' experience in researching pay systems and the living wage. They are currently part of a large interdisciplinary Marsden-funded project investigating the potential implications of living wages for employees and organisations in New Zealand.



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Massey People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research (MPOWER) is a multi-disciplinary initiative to enhance, promote and build on Massey’s expertise in the management of people in the workplace and organisations.

MPOWER has 850+ members in the professions, industry, academia, policy bodies, government bodies, employer and work representative bodies, community groups and other research institutions.

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